somatostatin

noun
so·​mato·​stat·​in | \ sō-ˌma-tə-ˈsta-tᵊn How to pronounce somatostatin (audio) \

Definition of somatostatin

: a polypeptide neurohormone that is found especially in the hypothalamus and inhibits the secretion of several other hormones (such as growth hormone, insulin, and gastrin)

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Among its functions, somatostatin inhibits production of insulin and growth hormone, and slows digestion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How old are your organs? Salk, UCSD mouse study finds human clues," 6 June 2019 Specifically, the peripheral nerve damage seemed to deactivate a type of interconnected brain cells, called somatostatin (SOM) interneurons, which normally dampen pain signals. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain," 27 June 2017 These include parvalbumin (PV), somatostatin (SOM), and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP)-expressing interneurons. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of somatostatin

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for somatostatin

somat- + Latin status (past participle of sistere to halt, cause to stand) + English -in entry 1; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand

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somatostatin

noun
so·​mato·​stat·​in | \ sō-ˌmat-ə-ˈstat-ᵊn How to pronounce somatostatin (audio) \

Medical Definition of somatostatin

: a polypeptide neurohormone that is found especially in the hypothalamus, is composed of a chain of 14 amino acid residues, and inhibits the secretion of several other hormones (as growth hormone, insulin, and gastrin)

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